Why You Should Fade Cleveland Browns In Super Bowl LIV Betting

Monday, April 8, 2019 3:50 PM UTC

Monday, Apr. 8, 2019 3:50 PM UTC

Shut the front door! The Cleveland Browns are amongst the top ten favorites to win Super Bowl LIV?

Um, okay. Maybe we should cool things down a bit before making outrageously hasty NFL picks.

Dunno, but this seems a bit like a parallel universe – a grotesque nightmare – in which the Cleveland Browns emerge as bona fide Super Bowl contenders. Y’all must be trippin.

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Here’s one of our NFL rings. Take a look at what the NFL authorized us to have placed on the ring...”World Champions.” I’d say a Super Bowl win would also classify a team as World Champions. No difference, just the wording. pic.twitter.com/ieM59r3aoi

— Jack Coleman 🇺🇸 (@mrjackcoleman) March 30, 2019
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Priced at +1400 to win Super Bowl LIV? The fifth overall top NFL pick amongst sportsbooks across the board, tied with the Chicago Bears (another weird one, mind you), and sat behind the top four contenders of Patriots, Chiefs, Saints, and Rams. Cleveland is in this mix? Seriously?

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Oh the Power rankings have the Bears ahead of the Browns, this must mean they’re super bowl champions. pic.twitter.com/SKpAxZaQ2M

— whitesox baseball (@jonron1024) April 3, 2019
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How the heck did this happen? Why did this happen?

Stupid question is what probably springs to mind with readers of this post, who equate the bagging of Odell Beckham Jr. to bringing the Holy Grail to the Dawg Pound. The second coming of the Messiah. Somehow, in those fantastical minds, OBJ is the genie in the bottle. The answer to Cleveland’s storied NFL woes and, in turn, is going to take the franchise on a magic carpet ride into Neverland, to hobnob with New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and other legitimate contenders at the top of the NFL odds board that are proven champions.

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BREAKING: The #Giants trade OBJ to the #Browns for a bag of magic beans, a golden goose, & a magic carpet. pic.twitter.com/fethOtSwR9

— Josh Valentin (@ffbfireman) March 13, 2019
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Never-Neverland, more like. In the words of Nick Lowe, ‘you’ve gotta be cruel to be kind, in the right measure.’ So please keep this lyric in mind as you read on.

Let’s face facts about Cleveland and the unenviable NFL legacy that is theirs thus far. They’ve never won a Lombardi Trophy. EVER. They’ve not even been remotely near it because –here’s the clincher, teeny, weeny, tiny detail (don’t worry if you missed it, only the keenest eye for details will have noticed it) – they’ve never made a Super Bowl appearance. EVER. The closest they’ve been to the coveted Lombardi is to see it in all its glory in a Polaroid.

Let’s trot out some stats because you can’t argue against those, can you? Since 2003, the Browns boast a 74-181-1 SU record (29% winning percentage), which is the lowest of the league over that period.

Indeed, the Browns are perennial basement dwellers in many NFL categories. Over the last ten years, their win-loss record is even worse with a 25.8% winning percentage behind a 41-118-1 SU record. Since 2014, they prop up the league with a 22.8% winning percentage after tallying an 18-61-1 SU mark. And just when you think they’ve hit rock bottom, they find a new nadir: in 2015, 3-13-0; in 2016, 1-15-0 SU; and, in 2017, 0-16-0 SU!

Here, some of you might take issue with ancient history when all you want to do is pop the champagne. After all, the Browns went 7-8-1 SU in 2018 behind up-and-coming Baker Mayfield. Yey! Oh, so close yet so far away from a winning season.

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.@MeCookieMonster believes @bakermayfield is the greatest QB of all time.

Makes sense. 😂🍪

🎥: @watch_SITV | @TheWilderThings pic.twitter.com/5c2ngMYw84

— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) March 27, 2019
\n\n"}[/]Who did they beat in those games? Hmmm…. Jets (4-12-0), Falcons (7-9-0), Bengals (6-10-0), Panthers (7-9-0), Broncos (6-10-0) and Ravens (10-6-0).

Only one of their seven wins came against a winning team! And we’re crowning them as champions as a result in 2019?

Look, getting excited about the future is one thing. Going crazy is another. Right now we’re talking about paper shuffling essentially with the deals to snap up OBJ, Kareem Hunt, and Sheldon Richardson in recent weeks.

How these deals take shape on the field when the ink is dry is anybody’s guess. Games aren’t played on paper, but on the field. But ask yourself this question, why would the Giants dump so-called star OBJ in Cleveland? What don’t we know? Is he going to love the sexy destination that is Cleveland? Wasn’t he gallivanting in Paris (France) when the news of his trade broke? NY-Paris-Cleveland, definitely on the same wavelength.

Then there is the disgraced Kareem Hunt, who is a risk in many ways and his record of suspensions conjures awful images of Johnny Manziel. Just saying.

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\"Nobody will be honest about this Cleveland thing. It has a chance to be a complete and utter dumpster fire... Odell didn't want to go here, the owner is a control freak, John Dorsey is a control freak, Freddie Kitchens could be over his head...\" — @ColinCowherd pic.twitter.com/Igr7uuhrYn

— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) April 5, 2019
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Put it this way, right now the Browns are nothing but smoke and mirrors. Add to that the fact that a bet on the Browns to win Super Bowl 54 presupposes they’d get past AFC stalwarts Patriots, Chiefs and Ravens in the playoffs, to name a few, and one bona fide NFC contender in the big game. Just don’t see it.

Cooler heads need to prevail. Come on, betting on the Browns to win Super Bowl 54 is pure madness!

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